Wireless local area networking, also known as "Wireless Internet"; stands for "WIreless FIdelity"

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Can I connect to a specific access point by BSSID?

Is there any way to get Mac OS X to connect to a specific access point by BSSID? I have a network with the same SSID for multiple access points, and I would sometimes like to specify which specific ...
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How can I mirror my iPad display wirelessly?

I am looking to display my iPad screen wirelessly to an external display to demo applications. I found this video showing exactly what I want to do with an iPhone but no explanation as to what the ...
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Can a Mac's airport card run 802.11 N, G, B or A only?

Occasionally it's nice to hard code a wired connection network port to not auto negotiate and force things to be 100 half duplex even though a higher speed is configured and negotiable on the switch. ...
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Internet Sharing stuck on after 10.7.3 update

I use Internet Sharing at work to create a local WiFi network (sharing the GigE connection) for my various iOS and tablet devices to connect through. After the 10.7.3 update, I cannot turn sharing off ...
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To let a Mac automatically use Wifi and Ethernet to double the connection speed?

I am staying at a hotel, and for some reason, I think they limit each Wifi connection to 95 kbyte / s. So that is roughly 1.2 Mbps... and since I have 18 Mbps at home, I am using a speed that is less ...
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How do I tell an iOS device there's no internet connection on the Wifi?

I've setup a WiFi network to allow iOS devices (such as my iPad) to connect to other devices on the local network, but I want to be able to use the 3G functionality on my iPad at the same time to ...
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Macbook Pro Wi-Fi problems after Yosemite 10.10.5 update

I've had my Macbook Pro for about a year now. It is a late 2013 Retina model running Yosemite. Until a few days ago, its Wi-Fi worked fine. However, after the 10.10.5 update, its Wi-Fi has become very ...
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Sharing a VPN connection using Internet Sharing (via Airport)

Internet Sharing from my MacBook Pro (10.6.6) to other WiFi devices works fine. But the moment I turn on the VPN connection (PPTP) on the Mac (which I would also like to share), the other devices ...
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Prevent my Mac from connecting to an unsecure Wi-Fi network?

How can I prevent my Macbook from connecting to non-secure wireless networks? I've ticked the "Ask to join new networks" option and removed the offending network from the Preferred Networks list in ...
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How do I share a Wi-Fi connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot?

This question is an extension of this question. While my answer did answer the question, there was one part that wasn't answered: how do I share a Wi-Fi connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot?
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Wifi Won't Connect; Connection Timeout (Mac)

I'm having issues with my macbook pro OS X 10.7.5. It used to connect to the wifi router (D-Link N300, DIR=615) no problems. But for the past several weeks, I haven't been able to at all. What pops ...
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How to hide or remove useless network names from the wifi menubar icon

I have obnoxious neighbors that think its funny to use offensive words for their SSIDs. I would like to remove those SSIDs from, at a minimum, the wifi menubar icon. If its easier, hiding/removing ...
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How do I automatically connect to a VPN when using Wi-Fi in OS X? [duplicate]

The FBI issued a warning regarding hotel Wi-Fi access points, and any other public access point. I'd like to make sure my apple device always uses a VPN when using Wi-Fi. That way even if an attacker ...
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A utility for tuning your WiFi network?

Is there an app available to help tune Wi-Fi network settings? My local air space is starting to get congested and I want to make sure I'm using the optimal channel and settings on my router to avoid ...
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Redirect traffic using PF along with Internet Sharing

The short version: How do I redirect all traffic from en2 port 80/443 to 127.0.0.1:8080 when I have enabled Internet Sharing in OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)? Some background: I am doing a master ...
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Macbook Pro frequently experiences drops in WiFi connection with Linksys WAG120N

I have a non-retina mid-2012 Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and this issue has been plaguing me for a while. During regular use of the laptop, while connected to my home WiFi network (to which no ...
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Why is my MacBook Pro constantly losing the wifi connection with my WRT150N router?

My Macbook is constantly losing its wifi connection. Sometimes it has trouble connecting, other times it connects, but I obtain a server not found error. It seems to work reasonably well at work, but ...
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How to create a password protected ad-hoc network on Yosemite

I just tried to create an ad-hoc network on OS X Yosemite and noticed there are no password options. Are they hidden? If so, is there any way to enable them? Is Terminal an option? Is it possible to ...
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How do you force a 5 GHz wifi connection?

Wifi networks are often set up in dual-band mode, with the same SSID served on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. I'd like to always use the 5 GHz band (due to interference with Bluetooth and other devices ...
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How to create an infrastructure Wi-Fi network from Yosemite with no Internet connection? [duplicate]

How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot (infrastructure network, not ad-hoc) on a Mac without any Internet connection? In Windows, we can easily create an infrastructure wifi LAN hotspot with: netsh wlan set ...
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AirDrop: Bluetooth or Wi-Fi?

How does AirDrop work? I thought it is just Bluetooth, but I am starting to doubt that now. Whenever I turn AirDrop on, my Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are automatically turned on. If I turn the Wi-Fi off, ...
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OS X status bar wifi icon - meaning of bars?

On my MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, the status bar includes the standard "radiating sector" wifi icon which you can click on to select a wifi network, or Option-click on to see additional ...
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How to get OSX to pick the strongest wifi signal with identical SSIDs?

I have a Netgear wireless router in one room, and a TP-Link powerline adaptor with wifi in another room. I'm using a 2014 MacBook Pro with Yosemite 10.10.1 Previously I had separate SSIDs for each of ...
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How to access wireless channel 13 and above from a US Mac Book Pro?

When traveling internationally and connecting to an 802.11g wireless network I'm unable to connect because non-US access points default to using channel 13 and up. From what I hear if the Mac Book Pro ...
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Prevent from switching Wi-Fi networks

I have two wifi access points at home: "downstairs" and "upstairs". They're both WPA2. If I'm upstairs and connected to "upstairs" and my laptop goes to sleep, when I reactivate it, it connects to "...
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Is there a way to auto switch wireless networks depending on signal strength?

I have a Linksys dual band router. Near the back of our house (which is where our computers are mostly located) only the G network really comes through so when I'm working in the front of our house, I ...
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Is there a way to share a wi-fi connection over wi-fi?

The problem is that here is a router (at a cottage), which only allows 2 connections. but we need wi-fi for 8 devices. so the plan is to create another wi-fi spot to share our connection. is there a ...
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Enhance Wifi range on a TimeCapsule

I previously had a DLink modem-router (DSL-2740B). I replaced it with a small ADSL D-Link modem and a TimeCapsule. While I'm quite happy with it, the main and only criticism I could make is the loss I ...
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How can I automatically disable WiFi when I connect to an Ethernet network?

I would like my WiFi to automatically disconnect when I plug an Ethernet cable into my Mac. How would I go about this?
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Do the wi-fi communications from Mac to Mac travel through the access point?

Let’s put two Macs MAC1 and MAC2 on the same table. They are connected to the same AirPort (wi-fi) network. They are connected to the access point AP, which is far away, at 10 meters. The Macs are ...
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How to set up Time Capsule in wireless bridge mode?

I can't find any clear, step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Time Capsule in wireless bridge mode. Eg, how to disable its routing functions and set it up as a switch/repeater connected ...
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iPhone slows down entire home network

Ever since the automatic upgrade to iOS 7, an iPhone that connects to my Linksys WRT54GL router running DD-WRT, slows down all other connections, from any other device. Download speed is reduced by a ...
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Have to reconnect to WiFi every time computer goes to sleep

I recently purchased a new MacBook Air (2011) with Lion preinstalled. There is this persistent and incredibly annoying problem that is occurring with the WiFi. Every time I close the lid or let the ...
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Latest iOS 9 doesn't show WiFi symbol, even when connected to WiFi

How do I display the WiFi symbol when connected to WiFi? iOS 8 used to show the WiFi symbol in place of LTE when connected to WiFi. Now, after the iOS 9 update, it always display LTE, even though I'm ...
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Why doesn't Airport reconnect after sleep or shutdown?

I have a MacBook Pro (2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, running OS X 10.6.8) that does not reconnect to its stored WiFi network after it restarts or goes to sleep. To reconnect, I need to go into System Preferences ...
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Can't turn on wifi on Mac OSX Mountain lion MBP 2012

The WiFi interface won't turn on when i press "Activate wifi" from the preferences neither from the status bar. I tried restarting the mac,and reset the pram. The Ethernet works fine and this is ...
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Locating A WiFi Network Password Within OS X That Has Been Saved On My Mac?

Is it possible to locate a wifi network password in OS X of a wifi hotspot that I may have used in the past (AFAIK wifi networks are saved), in the rare situation that I may need to see it (to share ...
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Mountain Lion Upgrade Internet Issues [closed]

My MacBook Air late 2010 worked perfectly before the Mountain Lion upgrade. After I updated to Mountain Lion, the Internet stopped working on my WiFi network. It detects the network and connects to it ...
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Wifi doesn't work unless I cycle it off then on again coming off of sleep

I have a Macbook Pro Retina, 15in, and I have the above issue. In a related question (Wifi doesn't work unless I turn it off then on again) a user commented: For as long as I can remember, I'...
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Incoming cellular calls ring on all my iOS devices

When I receive an incoming cellular call on my iPhone 5 (iOS 8.3), it is propagated to all my other devices (including a wifi only iPad) connected to the same wifi network. I guess that's an ...
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Delete Wi-Fi network from mac

How do I delete a network from my Mac? I removed it from network preferences in the advanced pane but it still appears connected in my list. I also tried looking for it in Keychain Access but it's ...
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Constantly dropping internet on El Capitan?

I have a brand new 2015 mac, el capitan 10.11.4. The wifi constantly drops. I have re-installed a fresh el capitan, reset SMC, created new wifi profile/location with google dns, safeboot, updated ...
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Macbook freezes when connected (connecting) to new wireless router

So I have done extensive troubleshooting for my problem. When we moved to our new apartment and had a new fiber optic internet set up with, which came with a new wireless router, all the trouble ...
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How can I write an AppleScript which when run will connect to a specific WIFI network if available?

The title pretty much sums it up. I want to avoid having to use the trackpad to connect to certain networks. This comes up often when a new network becomes available but I'm already connected to ...
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Can I connect to wifi but still use cellular?

I would like to be able to connect to my cars dashcam via wifi while in the car but still be able to use my iPhone's cellular connection. The way the dashcam works, it appears as a wifi access ...
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MacBook Pro (late 2013) drops connection to wireless router every 15 minutes

My MacBook Pro is a late 2013 edition model, running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. Every 15 minutes (the intervals are very regular) it loses connection to my router; pings to the router do not go through, ...
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Making a program use a specific network interface

I would like my IRC client to only use a WiFi connection and all other programs to use WiFi or wired connections. This is because every time I plug in my Ethernet cable my IRC client automatically ...
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Macbook sometimes drops my wifi connection and can't reconnect for a few minutes

Every now and then my macbook will drop my home wifi connection and the network will not be visible in the list of available networks for a few minutes leaving me unable to reconnect. Eventually my ...
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How to create an ad hoc Wi-Fi network in OS X?

I came across a problem today when there was a speaker in my class. The speaker was from the industry and had a company provided laptop which was not able to get connected to University network (some ...
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What OS X signal strength test apps exist to measure Wi-Fi networking?

Is there a way I can get more details on the strength of my Wi-Fi signal? I'm looking for either an app I can download or a system command that I can run in terminal that will expose the noise of ...